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10:35 AM PT11:35 AM MT12:35 PM CT1:35 PM ET13:35 ET17:35 GMT1:35 10:35 AM MST12:35 PM EST1:05 PM VEN21:35 UAE12:35 PM CT, June 18, 2017
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 31,131

Diamondbacks turn to Ray vs. Phillies

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Arizona Diamondbacks at Philadelphia Phillies

  1. This will be the first meeting between the Diamondbacks and the Phillies this season. In 2016, the road team won all seven games played in this series (Ari, 4-3).
  2. The Diamondbacks have seen their opponent score the first run of the game in 37 contests this season (20-17); the Phillies (38) are the only NL team that has allowed their opponent to score first in more games.
  3. The Phillies defeated the Red Sox 1-0 on Thursday, snapping their eight-game skid. Of Philadelphia's 65 total games played this season, 25 of them have been decided by a single run. That 38.5 percent is the highest in the majors. The Phillies are 10-15 in those 25 games.
  4. Jake Lamb (50) and Paul Goldschmidt (48) rank first and second in the major leagues, respectively, for the most runs batted in off right-handed pitchers this season.
  5. Patrick Corbin is 5-1 with a 3.45 ERA in home games this season, but is still looking for his first road victory, going 0-5 with a 9.00 (25/25.0) ERA in his five starts away from home. That 5.55 differential in ERA is third largest in the majors (road ERA higher) (minimum 1 IP/team G).
  6. Opponents are batting .371 (13/35) against Aaron Nola this season when there have been runners in scoring position. That is the seventh highest opponent BA against an NL pitcher (minimum 35 BFP w/ RISP).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/16/2017 thru 6/18/2017

PHILADELPHIA -- As if things haven't been going bad enough for the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday they'll face the hottest pitcher in baseball.

After handing the Phillies (22-45) their 10th loss in 11 games, the Arizona Diamondbacks (43-26) will send Robbie Ray to the mound with a sweep on their minds Sunday.

Ray (7-3, 2.62 ERA) has been lights out in his last five starts, compiling a perfect 5-0 record while allowing one run in 37 innings. Ray entered play Saturday tied for the fourth-most strikeouts (107) in baseball and he owns a 1.07 WHIP, which placed him seventh among National League hurlers.

Ray's run of success prompted manager Torey Lovullo to call it "as good as any stretch he's ever seen."

It would be surprising to expect the Phillies to derail him in any way. They have five of the 28 qualified hitters in baseball with sub-.300 on-base percentages.

Ray faced the Phillies twice -- his only two times -- in a span of 10 days last year, once at home and once on the road. In 12 innings he posted a 4.50 ERA and a 1-1 record.

In the start at Philadelphia, Ray allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings in a 10-2 Arizona win on June 17, 2016. He struck out seven and walked one.

Rookie Ben Lively, who the Phillies hope is providing youthful energy to a group that needs a boost, is starting Sunday. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts and in 21 innings he has five strikeouts and seven walks.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has been impressed so far with his ability to get hitters out by attacking the zone.

"If I was a pitcher on this team and saw Lively pitch, it has to make an impression and it should on the other pitchers to attack the strike zone," Mackanin said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He's also faced some stiff competition, too.

In Lively's first three starts he was opposed by David Price, R.A. Dickey and Johnny Cueto, who account for two Cy Young awards and a combined eight All-Star appearances.

Fittingly, he'll face off against one of baseball's best pitchers thus far in 2017.

Like many of his colleagues, Lively will be lucky to get run support these days, no matter against Ray or whoever. Mackanin has shuffled the club's lineup many times throughout the last few weeks, trying anything to spark success.

Nothing has worked.

Since starting 11-9 in their first 20 games, the Phillies have lost 36 of 47.

Arizona, meanwhile, continues to look more and more like a team that has staying power in 2017. With good starting pitching and one of the best run-producing teams in the league, the Diamondbacks will likely find themselves in a long race out west.

Lovullo wouldn't bite Saturday when asked to comment on Dodgers manager Dave Roberts calling his team the best. He's letting the play on the field do the talking.

"We're really focused on what we do day-by-day, we're very proud of what we're accomplishing day-by-day," Lovullo said earlier in the week. "We've got a lot of baseball to go. We've put ourselves in a good position and it's time to continue moving in the right direction."

A sweep on Sunday will help.

Updated June 17, 2017

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